• Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    St. Louis, February 25th, Missouri History Museum. 7:00pm. Come meet one of the great great grand-daughters of Dred and Harriet Scott!

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    We will gladly come back any time you’ll have us! We” keep you in the loop about screenings!

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    In case we get cut off, thank you so much for having us!

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    We look forward to you seeing it too! Folks can host screenings in their towns, educators can bring the film to their schools. Check out http://14themovie.com

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    Yes, we absolutely wanted to interview the folks on the other side – and tried. Rep. King’s office wouldn’t respond. Newt Gingrich wouldn’t answer. Rick Santorum answered questions about gay marriage but not birthright citizenship. David Vitter’s office wouldn’t respond. I believe we tried to get interviews with all of the Senate co-sponsors and many of the House co-sponsors of the Birthright Citizenship Act. But to no avail. So we had to go with what folks had already said publicly.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    You know, there was this jokey cartoon alien question at one of the 2008 RNC debates… totally dehumanizing. Vocabulary really does matter. There has been a great and important campaign to “Drop the ‘I’ Word.” So important.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    People are so scared of what they deem as “the Other.” What is really frightening is how easily people can be manipulated. I think my goal in making film is to change the idea who “we” is.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    In fact, immigration attorneys kept telling me about it! And I didn’t know how central it would become but the more we discovered, the more obvious it became. It is one of the most important unknown American hero stories I have ever come across. He seems really real to me now.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    Yes, lots of interesting conversations. We filmed street interviews at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions in 2012 – it was an amazing way to take the nation’s pulse on the issue. (Also did this “pulse taking” in 2008 – will do so again in 2016 if I can find people crazy enough to go with me!)

    It is interesting that when you say that you are making a film about the Constitution, people make all kinds of assumptions.

    I think that many Americans really are more open-minded and less scared than we think. It is just that the way politics works is that it appeals to our worst natures. And then those are the people who get on camera (usually!). I would love to make a short film with these street interviews. Quite remarkable actually.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    Yes, things changed!! In fact, we changed the name of the film to include Wong Kim Ark’s name because that story became so central in the film.

    One of my biggest griefs about the film is that it does not include as a central story the struggle for US citizenship of Native Americans. But it needs its own film.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    I think it is important for us to weigh in on the importance of birthright citizenship now, not wait until there is a Supreme Court case, or a state law with two kinds of birth certificates. I get Google alerts every day on the subject, and it is not those who want to preserve this Constitutional right who are writing about it.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    Truth! Amazing people. And the thing is they are EVERYWHERE in the United States, Alaska to Alabama. Watching this movement has really given me hope. It has been such an extraordinary privilege to witness. When I have the chance to go to small towns to show “Papers” and now “14″ I have and will continue to say to the young activists: you are at the center of the movement. And they are.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    Rosario (Vanessa’s mother) is of the DREAMer generation, but she certainly would not refer to herself as a Dreamer kid. She is a force! This film is about what happens not just to them but to their citizen children.

    I do think that the DREAMer generation has been and will continue to be concerned about what happens with their parents and grandparents whose immigration status is the most tenuous.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    Felipe is a friend of mine too!! I had the privilege of being with them for a few days of their epic walk from Florida to DC.

    Honestly, they are so interesting and inspiring that it is hard to stop filming them!! After “Papers” was completed in 2009, I followed young activists around the country with a camera, filming a number of “Coming Out” actions and acts of civil disobedience.

    I will always be involved in some way in elevating these stories, whatever is useful.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    And some young people (starting at around age 10 and earlier) really get the idea of what is fair and not fair.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    I agree. Yes, a number of young people have seen the film. Our main focus group was a number of young leaders from Momentum Alliance http://momentumalliance.org
    who helped us keep the film fresh and accessible.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    Some friends of ours (including Jaime Limon Guzman of the Northwest Immigrant Youth Alliance and Oregon Dream Activist) organized the first “Coming Out of the Shadows” Event in Portland, OR in July 2011. That’s when we first met Vanessa and that footage is in the film.

    Undocumented young people have claimed the term “coming out” to refer to going public about their immigration status. And, just as in the LGBTQ rights movement, I believe that has made all the difference.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    You are referring to Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative. Fantastic interviewee! We definitely had the goal in mind of bringing these stories together. And to have as an underlying theme: an attack on some of us is an attack on all of us. Remarkable also to see these days how not just citizenship but the rights of citizenship are being eroded: especially the right to vote.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    No, he is not in the film but he is very proud of this work and our work on “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth.” I think of their immigration story as our pioneer story.

  • Anne Galisky commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

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    We did the bulk of the filming in 2013-2014, but have some lovely footage of Vanessa when she was 7 and 8 years old as well. We worked on a pretty tight budget and would sometimes do several interviews a day. We filmed in St. Louis, Portland OR, Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco, Montgomery AL, and at the US-Mexico border at San Diego

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